Live This Month: April 2011

In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. April has a number of big artists with recent albums coming to town, including Kurt Vile, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Akron/Family. Meanwhile, some great local artists are either concluding tours (like Papercuts) or kicking them off (like tUnE-yArDs). All told, it’s another busy month for rock and roll in the Bay Area. Enjoy this mix and then go check out some shows!

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About the bands:

In support of his excellent new album Smoke Ring For My Halo, Kurt Vile (“Jesus Fever”) and his band The Violators are traversing the US. RTX joins them on April 22nd at Bottom of the Hill.

SF’s The Wrong Words (“Summer’s Gone”) just released the band’s first full length on the terrific Trouble in Mind Records. The band celebrates at The Knockout on April 8th, with The Mantles, Lenz, and Wet Illustrated.

Akron/Family‘s (“So It Goes”) latest album is S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, available on Dead Oceans. The band performs at The Independent on April 8th and The New Parish on April 9th

The Rural Alberta Advantage (“North Star”) bring their consistently excellent live show to SF for two nights this month, as part of a tour with Lord Huron. See them April 12th and April 13th at Bottom of the Hill.

London’s Banjo or Freakout (“Go Ahead”) concludes a tour with Papercuts at Cafe Du Nord on April 9th. Alessio Natalizia’s first album, Banjo or Freakout, is out now.

Parasite Paradise, the latest from LA’s Superhumanoids (“Malta”), is out next week. The band performs at the Rickshaw Stop, with Dominant Legs and Dirty Ghosts, on April 27th.

Catch SF’s Royal Baths (“After Death”) on April 11th at Bottom of the Hill. They’ll be joined by Moon Duo and Lilac.

Oakland’s tUnE-yArDs (“Bizness”) release w h o k i l l on April 19th, before kicking off a national tour at the Great American Music Hall on April 26th. Buke & Gass and Man/Miracle also perform.

Little Wings‘ (“How Come?”) new album is called Black Grass, and it’s another winner from Kyle Field. Field is part of an all-local bill at the Great American Music Hall on April 15th. Rounding out the lineup: The Blank Tapes, Kacey Johansing and Rad Cloud.

Yoni Wolf (“Shoot the Singer

[1 Sick Verse]”) returns to SF for a solo show previewing new WHY? songs and offering up some classics and covers. The show is on April 23rd at the Swedish American Hall, with support from The Moore Brothers and Becky Wolf & Amy Miller (F.A.B.).

Trans Am’s Phil Manley (“Life Coach”) released his first solo album earlier this year. You can see him open for Spectrum and Sleepy Sun at the The New Parish on April 24th.